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Residents brace for problems as Lake Erie continues to rise

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A beach on Ashtabula Harbor along Lake Erie. The Ohio Supreme Court has affirmed the public's right to stroll along the beaches.

High water levels in Lake Erie have been flooding streets and houses in Ohio, and people who live near the lake are bracing for problems as water levels continue to rise.

Erie's water levels are expected to approach or break records this spring, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

While all of the Great Lakes have been rising for several years, they are currently seeing an increase from melting snow and recent heavy rains.

Along the lake, floodwaters closed several streets in Port Clinton last week.

The high water is also increasing erosion and leaving logs and debris in shallow parts of western Lake Erie.

Officials say boaters will need to keep an eye out for floating dangers in the water.

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